Over the past several years, a trend has emerged in the world of plastic surgery. An increasing number of people are traveling overseas to undergo cosmetic and medical procedures, typically at a much lower price than it would be in Canada or America. While the prospect of cheap plastic surgery may be appealing to many, medical tourism is not without its risks. In fact, undergoing surgery in another country can be dangerous and even potentially fatal. Take a look at some of dangers of plastic surgery tourism and find out why you should think twice before scheduling your trip overseas.
The Risks of Plastic Surgery Tourism
- Potential lack of safety standards. Countries like Canada and the United States have very strict safety guidelines set in place in regards to surgery, both cosmetic and medical. Many countries, like the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Philippines don’t have these same safety standards, which can greatly raise the risk for complications.
- Unable to have followup appointments. One of the most important aspects of a successful plastic surgery procedure is routine followup appointments with your surgeon, to help ensure that you are healing properly. If you travel for plastic surgery, it’s unlikely that you will be able to have these appointments and no one will be able to monitor you for any potential problems.
- Traveling can raise the risk of complications. Following a plastic surgery procedure, your surgeon will most likely recommend that you rest and take it easy for a designated period of time. Many surgeons even ask that patients avoid flying in the weeks after surgery, as it can raise the risk for certain post-surgical complications. If you have to fly back home after a procedure performed abroad, you’re leaving yourself increasingly susceptible to problems.
- No legal protection or recourse. In a typical surgical procedure performed at home, you will likely be protected by the law against surgical negligence. If such negligence occurs outside of this country, these laws may not apply and you can be left without any legal recourse.